PEI’s Top 5 Lobster Rolls

This summer I went on a quest to find PEI’s best lobster roll and here are my top 5 choices. I love lobster and PEI is known to have some of the best around. With over 1,200 hard working lobster fishermen, it is no wonder there is such a delicious supply of lobster to be found from tip to tip. 

When I was growing up having lobster was a huge occasion. My mother would make lobster pasta fra diavolo (only Italians would have a first course before a lobster dinner!) and then we would get into the boiled lobsters.

I learned from a very young age how to shell a lobster and not to waste even a leg. The eating would get so messy that my oldest sister was always so eager to get into the tail that she would get lobster juice on me. So began my tradition of wearing a garbage bag for our lobster feeds. Then I discovered the easy (and less messy) way to enjoy a lobster – the lobster roll. No garbage bag needed, just a discerning palate.

The lobster roll might just be one of the most divisive, and versatile, sandwiches around – traditionalists don’t even like celery mixed in while adventurous chefs are creating bold new flavour creations. I’m torn on the subject – I want the lobster to have a starring role but I do love a good culinary twist. The bread to lobster ratio and just enough sauce (butter or mayo) to hold it all together, are what I look for in a good lobster roll.

Starting with my favourite, here is my list of top 5 lobster rolls around the Island so far (by no means exhaustive – there are dozens of lobster rolls left to try!).

1. Dave’s Lobster, Charlottetown

I died and went to crustacean heaven. My husband had The Local – made with lemon butter, just a touch of celery and mayo, and a sprinkling of pepper and I had the Something Fancy served hot with lemon butter. We kept passing them back and forth trying to decide which one we liked better but alas we arrived at a stalemate – the Something Fancy had me at lemon butter and my husband says The Local is the best he’s ever had.  It’s like eating a lobster dinner in one perfect package.

2. Island Favorites, Cavendish

I tried all 3 of their lobster roll offerings in the Sailor’s Sampler – the Captain’s Roll is traditional with a toasted roll, celery, and mayo, the First Mate’s Roll is for those purists I mentioned earlier with just lobster and melted butter and mayo served on the side, and the Greenhorn’s Roll is for foodie’s like me looking for that extra something special with dill and fresh chives added to the lobster mayo mix. Dill and seafood for me is the ultimate romance in cooking – the sweet and citrusy taste of dill heightens the delicate flavours of fish. The beach-themed decor of Island Favorite’s is laid back and unpretentious just like the Cavendish Beach tourist destination. You’ll feel right at home here.

3. Water Prince Corner Shop and Lobster Pound, Charlottetown

The Water Prince is the seafood staple in Charlottetown and they hold true to the traditional lobster roll style – lots of lobster and a touch of celery and mayo. There is a reason that locals and tourists alike have been coming here to get their seafood fill for over 20 years – simple and delicious.   The service was excellent as was the feel of being port-side. The family-style picnic tables are conducive to striking up some great conversations – we met an elderly couple from Pittsburgh, PA from one of the docked cruise ships and they shared life advice while I provided the Coles Notes on the must-visit places to eat on the Island.

4. By the Bay, Rustico

I visited in June before the high tourist season had begun. As I entered the door everyone turned to stare – it was full of locals and I guess my oversized camera and overly exuberant “do you serve lobster rolls?” gave me away. A couple got up to offer us their table to fit our family of 4 plus entourage – I felt immediately welcome.   The patrons even seemed amused with my 2-year olds numerous visits to the bathroom to fulfill his fascination with the urinal.

The roll comes on a large buttered bun filled with a hefty portion of lobster, mayo, and some celery. The lobster roll platter comes with coleslaw and crinkle-cut fries. It is just what you would expect of a local diner and doesn’t disappoint – friendly, big portions, reasonable prices.

5. Rick’s Fish & Chips, St. Peter’s Bay

The view here is spectacular, but the scenery is complete with fresh local seafood and a cold Gahan beer. We sat on the deck on a warm July evening and the stream of people coming to enjoy the local fare was non-stop. The lobster roll is served on a soft bun with a large piece of lettuce creating a bed for the shredded lobster. No celery and little mayo – perfect for those who want their lobster unencumbered.

Please send me your lobster roll recommendations and I will continue my quest to try more of PEI’s best lobster rolls

29 Responses to PEI’s Top 5 Lobster Rolls

  1. Catherine

    The lobster roll at the Lost Anchor in Cavendish (closes this weekend so you should try it soon) is amazing second only to the lobster roll at Richard’s Seafood Eatery at Covehead (closes Sept 7).

  2. Melanie Mattson

    Wood islands right by the ferry on the warf is a shack it’s a seafood store and little take out resteraunt called I believe crabys! It is so scary but my friend ate their one summer all the time when she worked at the lighthouse. It is the best. Every time we go to the island I go there it us so amazing trust me even though it looks like a whole in the ground! Melanie Mattson piney mb

  3. Leslie nolasco

    Try eating at Richards Covehead Harbour, I always have lobster roll and his salad is excellent. Fish and Chips yummy. All of the food is excellent. Try it out.

  4. Barb

    Had a Lobster roll tonight at The Lobster Barn on the Victoria Wharf in Victoria. The lobster roll and homemade mayo was really good! Highly Recommend this spot !

  5. Anne

    Richard’s Eatery at Covehead Harbour has the best lobster roll on PEI. So surprised you have included it.

  6. Susan

    Island Favorites is for sure all of my families favorite restaurant in all of PEI! We visit the island every year and this place is always our first stop! Their Lobster Chowder is to die for!!

  7. Jackie

    The lobster roll at Beachcombers in Victoria is amazing. It has a bit of fresh basil and is served on a home made croissant . Very , very , good..

  8. Rob Henderson

    Seems you don’t get west much , try Milligans wharf canteen and the Catch restaurant at West Point

  9. Gen

    I also love seafood and am
    Searching for both lobster rolls and oysters over the island (and eggs Benny)
    One of my favorite lobster rolls is the frosty treat in Kensington as well as row lobster house on Victoria row and the little boat house in the Chtown marina called steamers and try her Caesar drink – amazing !!

  10. Lew

    Might I also suggest Sou’west Bar & Grill, French River PEI, try the Lobster Roll with a Lobster Claw Caesar.

  11. cathy

    There are two excellent lobster rolls in Victoria By the Sea- The Lobster Barn and The Landmark Cafe which not only had a large amount of delicious lobster, but served it on a tasty gluten free bun!

  12. paul Haddad

    To early to make your favorite lobster Roll choice .You should try The Prince Edward Restaurant. One Word Awesome.

  13. Sue

    Try the Chowder House on Point Primm Road in Belfast.. I had a lobster roll made with melted butter and tarragon, as opposed to mayo. It was the best lobster roll I have eaten!

  14. Donna

    You should try out the lobster burger at Crabby’s Seafood at the Wood Islands ferry terminal. It is excellent. Crabby’s is located by the fisherman’s wharf.

  15. IslandGirl

    Can’t believe the Lobster Barn in Victoria isn’t on this list! They give you an insane amount of lobster in a toasted soft bun with homemade old fashioned salad dressing (not drowned in mayo). Great value and the best lobster roll on PEI for sure!

  16. joyce

    JMK fish mart in summerside has a delicious lobster roll and lobster burger made with fresh lobster. Both are served on a nice toasted bun..They are located on Queens wharf.

  17. Edith Jordan

    I have had the Best Lobster Roll, Lobster, clams, mussels and Seafood Chowder that PEI has to Offer here at Water-Prince Corner Shop